How To Make A Tree Stump Planter

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Tree Stump Into Planter – Steps 1 to 4

To fashion a tree stump into a planter, you first need to prepare the tree stump for modification. Choose a tree stump that isn’t completely dead. Look for a tree stump in which the interior of stump is not rotten or soft. If it is soft or has soft spots, it may need to be cut down to half its size and then carved out.

Conceal the Modification

To further conceal the massive removal options, create a pot large enough to sit completely around the tree stump.

Add a Drainage Hole

After the pot is large enough, use a plastic garden funnel to carve out an upside-down ‒C’ cut into the bottom of it to create a drainage hole. The drainage hole should match the size of the funnel.

Remove the Tree Stump’s Bottom

Use a hammer and chisel to remove the bottom of the limb. It should come off as a clean segment in one piece. This is important so that the plant retains moisture when watered.

Designing Your Tree Stump Planter

A planter to fit around a tree stump will probably have a square or rectangular base formed by four legs. The area in which you place the tree stump is the other determining factor in style. If space allows, it’s nice to add a planter that is wider and deeper than your tree stump. Place a single planter or a grouping of planters around the base of the tree stump.

The planter top should use stone or pots to create a visually interesting top. A simple round pot nestled among taller pots, stones, or interesting-shaped pavers will add texture and visual appeal.

Tree Stump Planter Ideas

A log planter is a great project for a home gardener or for someone who doesn't have a lot of space to work with. You can build a log planter for herbs, flowers, or vegetables. Use a crooked branch to make it look as though your herbs are growing out of tree roots.

Use the below log planter diagram to find everything you need to build your own. Stump Bark Cafe has tons of excellent ideas, along with tutorials for you to browse.


First, find a tree branch or log that has fallen on your property (don’t forget to ask permission from the land owner before you take branches off their property).


Cull it of all branches, leaves, moss, and outer bark.


Stand the log or tree branch up on its end.


Press the log or tree branch against the tree stump. It’s a good idea to lean the log or branch against another tree and have another person hold that tree. You’ll also want to put some weight on the bottom of the log. Laying something flat, like a rock or brick, down on top of the log will help keep it in place.